Shockwave Therapy

Peak Physio is one of the few clinic’s to offer Shockwave Therapy in the Dublin.

Unlike many other clinic’s we charge no additional fee and include it as part of your Physiotherapy service

Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RPW ) is a new high tech treatment which has been shown to be highly effective in treating chronic conditions such as Planterfasciitis, Tennis Elbow, Runner’s Knee to name a few. Clinical research has shown that there is a 70-85% chance that shockwave will improve your condition. It is a safe non-invasive form of treatment. Large clinical trails have shown that there are no series side effects or complications to this treatment.

We use the Chattanooga Intel RPW, which is the latest and most advanced machine on the market

Ron Mitchel Of ‘Tennis World Equipment’s’ London

“I thought I would I would never move again, but after only four treatments I was back on the playing a tennis match!”

** Our Shockwave Machine is located in our Ballsbridge clinic only **

 

There is no additional charge for Shockwave.

We charge our normal treatment rate of €60 per session

Shockwave therapy is a modern and highly effective treatment method.

The term shockwave refers to high energy sound waves. In modern pain therapy, these shockwaves are conducted from the handpiece to the painful body region, where they apply their healing effect.

Shockwaves accelerate the healing process by activating the body’s self- healing capacities. They stimulate the metabolism and improve the blood circulation. Damaged tissue regenerates and eventually heals.

“Physiological intrinsic oscillations play a key role in muscular perfusion and lymphatic drainage”

Professor V.T. Nazarov 1988

Shockwave works by delivering compressed air though the hand piece, this causes acustic energy which transmits into the underlying tissue, resulting in

  • An inflammatory response, the body responds by increase metabolic activity and blood flow around the site of injury. This stimulates the healing process.
  • Blocking of the pain transmission through the pain gate mechanism and its effect on sensory nerves.
  • Breaks down scar tissue and calcifications.
  • Stimulates Osteophytes ( Bone building cells) which helps with bone healing and growth.

Radial Shockwave Therapy (RPW)

We use the Chattanooga Intel RPW.  With this type of shockwave device the energy is spread over a large surface area. The device produces a low to medium energy level.

Pneumatically generated shockwaves are introduced into the body over a large (radial) surface area by means of a movable head piece.

The projectile located in the hand piece is accelerated to high speed by a pneumatic pulse. The therapeutic shockwave, which is generated as the projectile strikes the shockwave transmitter integrated in the hand piece. This shockwave is then introduced by the transmitter surface into the pain region to exert its therapeutic effect.

Proven STOREZ Medical ballistic source

Radial& Ulnar humeral epicondylitis (Tennis & Golfers Elbow )

Chronic inflammations are eliminated to ensure successful elbow pain relief. This provides improved elbow mobility and forearm force

Shoulder Tendonitis

The therapeutic objective is to reduce or relieve pain and to eliminate pain-induced mobility restrictions in the affected shoulder. Calcifications causing pain can also be disintegrated.

Patellar Tendinopathy (Jumpers, Runners Knee)/ Achilles Tendinopathy   

Both Syndromes are Chronic, mostly sports induced disorders. The pathological altered painful tendon section exhibits a relatively large volume. The Chattanooga Intel RPW allows the target area to be covered in its entirety, thus providing the desired regenerative therapeutic effect.

Planter fasciitis and heelspur

Shockwave therapy provides a decisive improvement in the clinical development of chronic planter fasciitis and heelspur. When pain symptoms are eliminated, the load-bearing capacity on the affected foot is rapidly increased.

Further Indications

  • Chronic tendinopathies and enthesopathies in general
  • Shin splints
  • Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome
  • Trochanteric insertional tendonitis
  • Burstitis
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Lower back and neck trigger point therapy
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Forearm /wrist and hand tendonitis
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • De quervain syndrome

You should see improvement after your first treatment. However 3-6 sessions are usually needed to effectually treat a condition. Sessions are normally spread out between 7-14days. Continued improvement can be seen for up to 3 months after completed treatment period.

Even though shockwave has seen some excellent results normally within 3 treatment’s sessions.

It may take up to 3 months for maximal results to be achieved. If after 3-4 months there is no change in your condition we recommend you talk to your Physiotherapist with regard to having a Orthopaedic review by a consultant .

Shockwave can be mildly painful, with treatment’s lasting between 5- 10 minutes depending on the area been treatment. If the pain becomes unbearable please let your Physiotherapist know and they can alter the intensity of treatment. It can be painful 2-4 hours post treatment. However in  rare cases it last’s up to 48hrs. Normal side effects include reddening , mild pain and swelling.

We normally recommend that you stay away from sporting or intense activity for 48hrs post treatment.

As not to stress the area and allow for the healing process to take place.

Procedure:

Water based gel is applied to the target area and the shockwave head is applied over the area with a dose suitable for your condition. The tender area is localised with your feedback and moved around slowly or kept in situ over the target tissue for the stated dose. The treatment with the Chattanooga Intel RPW may be pain free to mildly uncomfortable. Treatment is always interactive and your feedback is monitored to ensure treatment is tolerated well at the same time.

  • Pregnancy
  • Acute Injuries
  • Corticosteriod injection within the last 6 weeks
  • Vascular / circulation disorder
  • Nerve disorder
  • Infection
  • Bone tumor
  • Metabolic bone condition
  • Open Wounds
  • Over growth plates in younger persons
  • In the vicinity of metal implants or inserted electrical devices
  • Caution needs to be taken with patients who are on blood-thinning medications

If you have any concern’s please talk to your Physiotherapist on the matter

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